4 i-:y^ ►***.• N^ IV & Table of Contents Seasons 3 Hunter-Education Requirement 3 How Turkey Season is Set 3 General Information for All Hunters 4 Feral Hogs 4 Permit Information 5 Sunrise Table 5 Resident Landowner Permits 6 Apprentice Hunter Authorization 6 Turkey Population Status 7 Turkey Hunting Regulations on Department Areas 8 Walk-In Hunting Areas 15 Managed Hunts 16 How to Tell a Gobbler from a Hen 18 Using e-Permits 19 Tagging and Checking 20 How to use Telecheck 21 Wildlife Coc/e Turkey Hunting Regulations 22 Hunting Incidents and Safety 22 Director, Department of Conservation Robert L Ziehmer The Conservation Commission Don C Bedell James T. Blair, IV Don R.Johnson Becky L Plattner Missouri Department of Conservation P.O. Box 180 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 573-751-4115 mdc.mo.gov Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs of the Missouri Department of Conservation is available to all individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Questions should be directed to the Department of Conservation, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102, 573-751-4115 (voice) or 800-735-2966 (TTY), or to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Federal Assistance, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP-4020, Arlington, VA 22203. What's New for 201 2 ► Hunters with developmental disabilities who have taken a hunter-education course but failed to pass the certification tests now may purchase firearms permits. However, they must carry a physician's statement as proof of their disability and hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed hunter age 1 8 or older who is hunter-education certified. ^ Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical center now may purchase Missouri resident permits regardless of where they live. See Page 5. ► There are several changes to conservation area regulations and managed turkey hunts. See pages 8-1 7. lajor ^H s,the 1 NOTE: According to rule 3 CSR 1 0-5.21 6 of the Wildlife Code, if you have been convicted of multiple or major violations of the Wildlife Code in the past five years, Conservation Commission may consider suspending or revoking your hunting, trapping and/or fishing privileges regardless of any previous court action. The point system the Commission uses to assess Wildlife Code violations is explained at mdc.mo.gov. MCHF Helps You Invest in Your Love of Hunting Since 1997, thanks to donations from hunters Uke you, the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation has supported dozens of women and youth hunting events, disabled-hunter blinds, wildlife habitat improvements and Archery in the Schools programs. With your help, we can do even more. Consider making a planned gift or other donation, or purchasing a Conservation Heritage License Plate today. You may direct your contributions to the area of conservation you care most about, including shooting ranges and wildlife habitat improvements. For more information, visit www.mochf.org or call 1-800-227-1488. [ON HIIUTAGE Fdyi^D>mol»J Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season Who May Participate: The youth hunter must be: ^ age 6-1 5 on opening day Season Dates: March 31 -April 1,2012 Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset Central Daylight Time Valid Permits: Youth hunters must possess any one of the three following permits: ^ Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit ^ Resident Landowner Spring Turl<ey Hunting Permit ^ Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit Note: Landowner permits are valid only on the land for which they are issued. See Page 6 for qualifications. Youth Season Limit: One male turkey or turkey with visible beard. Note: Youths who take a turkey during the youth season may not harvest a second bird until April 23. This is because the bird taken during the youth season counts as the first bird for the first week of the regular season. Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season Season Dates: April 1 6-l\/lay 6, 201 2 Shooting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. Central Daylight Time Valid Permits: ► Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit ^ Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit ^ Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit Season Limit: Two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beard may be taken during the season, with the following restric- tions: ^ You may take only one turkey during the first week from April 16-22. ^ If you do not take one during the first week, then you may take two during the second or third week from April 23- May 6, but you may not take them both on the same day. Note: If you hunt during a managed hunt, season limits still apply. See pages 16-17. Hunter-Education Requirement All hunters born on or after Jan. 1 , 1 967, and hunting with a Resident or Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit must complete an approved hunter-education program and display their card before they can purchase a firearms turkey hunting permit unless: ^ They first purchase an Apprentice Hunter Authoriza- tion. See Page 6 for requirements. ► They are ages 6-1 5 and will be hunting with a quali- fied mentor. See Page 5. ► They failed to pass the hunter-education certification tests due to a developmental disability. See "What's New" on Page 2. Hunters do not need to show their hunter-education card if certification can be verified electronically. Most hunters who use the e-Permits System will have their cer- tification verified online. If this is not possible, some hunt- ers will need to contact the Department to provide proof of hunter-education certification. Once in the database, hunters won't have to submit this information again. A person must be at least 1 1 years old to receive hunter-education certification. Hunters using a Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit are exempt from the hunter-education requirement unless they were born on or after Jan. 1 , 1 967, and are mentoring a firearms hunter who is not hunter-education certified. How Turkey Season Opening Dates are Set The formula for setting spring turkey season strikes a balance between the biology of turkey reproduction and hunters' desires for an earlier season, especially in southern Missouri. As a result, the season begins on the third Monday in April, which moves the average opening date up three days from what it was six years ago. The youth season opens nine days before the regular season, except when that would make it fall over the Easter weekend. In those cases, the season begins the weekend before Easter. Check your turkey by 1 p.m. on the day taken. OPERATION GAME THIEF Remain Anonymous Reward Possible Dial toll free 1 -800-392-1 1 1 1 General Information for All Spring Turkey Hunters Wild turkeys may be pursued, taken, killed, possessed or transported only as outlined in this booklet. For complete hunting regulations, refer to the Wildlife Code of Missouri, available at www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/ current/3csr/3csr.asp. Methods: The following are allowed during the spring turkey hunting seasons: ^ A shotgun with shot not larger than No. 4 ^ A longbow, recurve bow or compound bow. Hand-held string-releasing devices, illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights are allowed. The following methods are prohibited: ^ Shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shells in maga- zine and chamber combined ^ Shot larger than No. 4 (in use or in possession) ^ A bow fastened to a stock or other device that maintains the bow in a drawn position ^ Any sighting device that casts a beam of light on the game ► Thermal imagery equipment or night vision equipment (in use or in possession) ► Recorded calls (in use or in possession) ► Use of dogs or live decoys ► Use of bait, which includes grain or other feed placed or scattered so as to attract turkeys. An area is considered baited for 10 days even after complete removal of the bait. A hunter can be in violation even if he or she did not know an area was or is baited. It is illegal to place bait in a way that causes others to be in violation of the baiting rule. Voiding the Permit: Hunters who harvest a turkey must void their permit immediately by notching the month and day of harvest. See Page 20. Tagging and Checking: All turkeys must be tagged immedi- ately after harvest and checked by 10 p.m. on the day taken using the Telecheck system. See pages 20-21 . Safety Sticker Requirement: All hunters using a shotgun must affix the "Be Safe" sticker to the receiver of their gun so it will be in their line of sight when shooting. The sticker must be maintained on the gun while hunting. Stickers are avail- able at permit vendors and Conservation Department offices. Note: ^ Any hunter who kills or injures a turkey must make a rea- sonable effort to retrieve and include it in his or her season limit, but this does not authorize trespass. ► It is a violation to wantonly leave, abandon or waste com- monly edible portions of game. ^ Anyone using a turkey call to assist another hunter must be properly licensed with either a filled or unfilled spring turkey hunting permit. Feral Hogs Feral hogs destroy wildlife habitat, compete with native wildlife for food, and spread diseases to people, pets and livestock. They are a menace that must be eradicated. A feral hog is defined as any hog, including Russian and European wild boar, that is not conspicuously identified by ear tags or other identification and is roaming freely on public or private land without the landowner's permission. It is illegal to release feral hogs on public land or on private land that is not fenced to contain them. If you see someone releasing hogs, report them immediately to your local conservation agent or call Operation Game Thief toll free at 1-800-392-1 111. The Conservation Department discourages anyone from hunting specifically for feral hogs because hunters' activi- ties interfere with the Department's efforts to eradicate these pests. However, if you are afield for other game and encounter a feral hog, s/700f /f on s/g/7f.Mf you kill a feral hog on public land or on private land where you have permis- sion to hunt, you are not liable if someone later claims to own the animal. During the youth and spring turkey hunting seasons, to kill feral hogs you must: ► possess a valid, unfilled turkey hunting permit, and ► use only methods allowed for taking turkeys. Note: Resident landowners on land they own and lessees on land they reside on may use any method to take feral hogs at any time without any permit. If you see a feral hog, notify any of the following: ^ Nearest Conservation Department regional office (see pages 8-1 5) ^ State veterinarian's office at 573-751-3377 ^ USDA Wildlife Services at 573-449-3033. With your help, we can eliminate these dangerous, destruc- tive pests from Missouri. 201 2 Spring Turkey Permits a Valid Permits Check Page 3 to see which permit you need. Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit Age 1 6 and older $17 Age 6-1 5 $8.50^ Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit no cost; see Page 6 Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit Age 1 6 and older $1 90 Age 6-1 5 $8.50^ ^Youth age 6 through 1 5 are not required to be hunter- education certified. If the youth is hunter-education certified and hunting on a resident or nonresident spring turkey per- mit, he or she may hunt alone. However, if the youth is not hunter-education certified, he or she must be in the imme- diate presence of a properly licensed adult who has a valid hunter-education certificate card or was born before Jan. 1, 1 967. The adult, however, may not hunt turkeys during the youth spring turkey season. ► ''Immediate presence" means close enough for normal conversation, without shouting. ► "Properly licensed" means a valid filled or unfilled spring turkey hunting permit. ► "Adult" means someone age 1 8 or older. Regardless of age, the youth must be capable of holding, aiming and shooting the firearm by him or herself. Note: Resident landowners or lessees born after Jan. 1, 1967, accompanying youths on the landowner's property or prop- erty on which the lessee is residing must be hunter-education certified. Who may purchase resident permits? ► Any person who does not claim resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before applying for the permit. Owning real estate or attending a Missouri school does not in itself make you a legal resident. ► Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of Columbia or serving in the U.S. armed forces. (Immediate family members who reside with them also may purchase resident permits.) ► All members of the U.S. armed forces residing in Missouri on permanent change of station status and immediate family members residing with them. ► Any honorably discharged military veteran having a service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war during military service; must carry certified statement of eligibility from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs while hunting or purchasing permits. SUNRISE AT JEFFERSON CITY, MO. Central Daylight Time SUNRISE SUNSET DAY A.M. P.M. MARCH 31 6:54 7:32 APRIL 1 6:53 7:33 16 6:31 17 6:29 18 6:28 19 6:26 20 6:25 21 6:24 22 6:22 23 6:21 24 6:20 DAY APRIL 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. MAY 1 . 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. SUNRISE A.M. .6:18 .6:17 .6:16 .6:15 .6:13 .6:12 .6:11 .6:10 .6:09 .6:07 .6:06 .6:05 This table is for Jefferson City and points on the same longitude north or south. For locations east, subtract one minute from the table for each 13 1/2 miles (airline) of distance. For locations west, add one minute for each 13 1/2 miles. Or, for the sunrise and sunset times anywhere in the United States, see the U.S. Naval Observatory website: www.usno.navy. mil/USNO/astronomicai-applications. ^ New! Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical center; must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or Warrior Transition Unit, or admissions verification to a military medical center while hunting or purchasing permits. ^ Nonresidents who are registered students attending a public or private secondary, post secondary, or vocational school in Missouri and who live in Missouri while attending school; must carry evidence of a Missouri residence and student status while hunting. Note: Nonresident students who qualify for resident permits must purchase them at Conservation Department offices. Immigrants who possess an 1-551 Resident Alien Card and who do not claim resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before purchasing a permit. Purchasing Permits You may purchase your turkey hunting permits beginning March 1 using any of the methods below. ^ Over the counter from any permit vendor. Buy early to avoid long lines. ^ By telephone at 800-392-41 1 5. Use your credit card, and pay a $2 surcharge. Allow 1 days for delivery. ^ Online anytime using the e-Permits System at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. Use your credit card, and pay a $1 surcharge. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately. Note: No-cost resident landowner permits also are available. See Page 6 for details. No-Cost Resident Landowner Permits All turkey hunters, including landowners and lessees, must have a valid turkey hunting permit. You qualify for no-cost spring turkey hunting permits if you are a Missouri resident age 6 or older, who: ^ owns at least 5 acres, or ^ leases and lives on at least 5 acres of land, or ^ lives in the home with a qualifying landowner or lessee. You may obtain your no-cost resident landowner permits beginning March 1 using any of the methods below. ^ Over the counter from any permit vendor. Go early to avoid long lines. No surcharges will be assessed. ^ By telephone at 800-392-41 1 5. Use your credit card to pay the $2 surcharge. Allow 10 days for delivery. ^ Online anytime using the e-Permits System at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. Use your credit card to pay the $1 surcharge. Print your permit at home and have it in hand immediately. Please have on hand the following information: ► Your Conservation I.D. number. Heritage Card number. Social Security number or driver's license number ► The county where your land is located ► The number of acres you own or lease and reside on Note: All landowner hunting permits are valid only on the land for which they are issued. You must purchase permits to hunt on land you do not own or lease and reside on. Definitions for Landowner Permits Resident landowner: Any Missouri resident who owns at least 5 continuous acres, or members of his or her immediate household. In the case of corporate owner- ship, only registered officers of the corporation and members of his or her immediate household can qualify to receive no-cost permits, and they are not required to reside on the land. People who own stock in a corpora- tion (shareholders) do not qualify under this definition. Lessee: Any Missouri resident who resides on and leases at least 5 continuous acres owned by others, or members of his or her immediate household. Immediate household member: Someone, related or unrelated, who has lived in the home with a qualifying landowner or lessee for at least the last 30 days. Family members who live elsewhere do not qualify. Note: Hunters must be at least 6 years old to obtain landowner permits. Coyotes may not be chased, pursued or taken during daylight hours from April 1-15. They may not be hunted at all during the regular turkey season from April 1 6 through May 6. J Mentor Apprentice Hunters To help introduce adults to hunting, the Conservation Department allows hunters age 1 6 and older who are not hunter-education certified to hunt with firearms, as long as they: ^ first purchase the Apprentice Hunter Authorization for $10; ^ then purchase a firearms hunting permit for the season they want to hunt; for example, a Spring Turkey Hunting Permit; and ^ hunt in the immediate presence of a properly licensed hunter 1 8 years old or older who is hunter-education certi- fied. The mentor must have a filled or unfilled permit for the prescribed season. "Immediate presence" means close enough for normal conversation, without shouting. Note: The Apprentice Hunter Authorization can be purchased twice and it allows the holder to obtain firearms permits throughout the permit year. After the second year, the appren- tice hunter will be required to become hunter-education certified if he or she wants to continue hunting on a firearms permit. Missouri is a leader in hunter recruitment, and the Appren- tice Hunter Authorization is just one more tool to help you share your hunting knowledge and tradition with your friends and family. Encourage your apprentices to attend a hunter-education class or take the course online at mdc.mo.gov/1 7844. 6 A Good Hatch in 201 1 Should Increase Turke Numbers Throughout Missouri In 201 1 , relatively dry conditions and an emergence of periodical cicadas that provided protein-rich food for nesting hens and growing poults helped Missouri's turkey population experience its best hatch in nearly a decade. Brood-survey results indi- cated that 201 1 's hatch was 42 percent above the previous five-year average. An especially notable innprovennent occurred in northeast Missouri where production was more than double the five-year average. In many parts of the state, hunters have already noticed the difference a good year of production can make. Because hatch success drives changes in turkey abundance, several more years of good production would bolster the number of turkeys in the Show-Me State. Transitional Times Missouri's turkey population has under- gone a transition during the past sev- eral decades. When the population was expanding rapidly in the 1 970s and 80s, people often reported seeing flocks of turkeys that numbered in the hundreds. During this time, production was high because turkeys were taking advantage of vacant, prime habitat. But, a basic ecological principle eventually caught up with Missouri's turkeys. As wildlife populations grow, factors that limit their size begin to exert an ever-greater influence. Habitats become crowded, predators find easier pickings (which leads to more preda- tors), and diseases spread quicker. By increasing deaths, decreasing produc- tion, or doing both, each limiting factor helps put the brakes on an expanding population. Missouri's wild turkeys were no exception. Although the 201 1 hatch should certainly increase turkey num- bers, and the potential for continued population growth exists, ifs unlikely turkey numbers will increase to the peaks seen in the 1980s. Many factors that affect wild turkey abundance have changed over the past several decades. As a result, hunters should expect year- to-year fluctuations in turkey numbers that stem from variations in reproduc- tive success. Wild turkey populations are dynamic. With persistently poor spring weather — at least from a turkey's standpoint — turkey numbers can be expected to decline. With several years of good weather and production, turkey numbers can rebound. Thus, a sizable turkey population can occur in the same area where numbers were down just a few years earlier. Although Missouri's wild turkey population is not likely to reach the levels observed in the 1 980s, a few more years of good spring weather and production should lead to a substantial increase in the number of turkeys on the landscape. A Comprehensive Approach to Wild Turkey Management The Conservation Department uses a comprehensive approach to manage Missouri's turkey population. In addi- tion to analyzing harvest data, turkey brood surveys and archer wild turkey observation surveys are conducted each year to monitor population trends. Thousands of hunters also are surveyed annually to obtain data on hunter opinions, success and satisfaction. Each year, turkey hunting regulations are reviewed by both the Department's Regulations Committee and the Con- servation Commission. Decisions are based upon both science and public input. The Department's approach to harvest management strikes a bal- ance between providing opportunities for hunters to enjoy the resource and ensuring harvest is within the limits of what the turkey population can sustain. The Department sets spring turkey season to begin after most hen turkeys have already mated. Because of this and the fact that male turkeys represent 99 percent of the harvest, spring hunting is not a limiting factor on population growth. Although a portion of the fall harvest consists of female turkeys, fall hunting has not led to declining turkey num- bers. Fall hunters currently harvest only a small percentage of the turkey popu- lation. The 201 1 fall firearms harvest of just over 7,000 turkeys represents less than 2 percent of the state's turkey population. Missouri's Wild Turkey Population Remains Strong Although a good hatch in 201 1 will result in an abundance of jakes in 201 2, the poor hatches of 2007-201 will continue to make finding mature gobblers more challenging than in past years. Missouri is still widely recognized as offering some of the nation's best turkey hunting. Each year, Missouri's turkey harvest and hunter success rates are among the highest in the coun- try. Missouri's wild turkey population remains strong, and although this year's harvest is not likely to top harvests of the early 2000s, hunters can expect great hunting opportunities during the 201 2 spring season. Turkey Hunting Regulations on Areas Managed or Owned by tiie Conservation Department This table is intended to inform hunters of opportunities for hunting wild turkeys on public land managed or owned by the Conservation Department. Turkey hunting is only allowed on Department areas that are listed in the chart. If an area that is owned or managed by the Conservation Department is not listed, turkey hunting is not allowed. For hunting opportunities on public land that is not owned or managed by the Conserva- tion Department, contact the appropriate agency. For maps and more details of areas listed on the following pages, contact the regional office or go to the website listed on the inside front cover. Regulation key for chart 1 . Statewide turkey seasons and limits apply. 2. Only archery methods may be used. Turkey hunting with firearms is prohibited. All other statewide turkey seasons and limits apply. 3. Only nontoxic shot may be used on this area. 4. Managed hunt. See pages 1 6-1 7 for details. NORTHWEST \ 816-271- 3100 2/ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Agency Buchanan /> Aspinwall Bend Atchison ]^ BagleyWoods^ Mercer )/^ Belcher Branch Lake Buchanan ]^ Bilby Ranch Lake Nodaway )/^ Bluffwoods Buchanan u^ Bonanza Caldwell u^ Brickyard Hill Atchison /> Brown (Bob) Holt u^ u^ Bunch Hollow Carroll ^ ChloeLowry Marsh Mercer ]^ Christie Andrew )/^ Corning Atchison, Holt u^ Crooked River Ray /> Dalton Bottoms Access Chariton /> Davis Memorial Andrew u^ Denton Access Gentry )/^ ^Jh\s area is landlocked. You must get permission from land- owner to gain access. 8 Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Deroin Bend Atchison, Holt i^ Dupree Memorial Buchanan i^ Elam Bend Gentry i^ EIrod Mill Access Andrew i^ Floyd Memorial Chariton i^ Fountain Grove Linn, Livingston i^ )^ Gallatin Daviess i^ Grand Pass Saline i^ )^ Grand Trace Harrison i^ Hadorn Bridge Access Andrew i^ Happy Holler Lake Andrew i^ Hardin Ray i^ Helton Memorial Harrison i^ Holmes Bend Access Daviess i^ Honey Creek Andrew i^ Jamesport Community Lake Daviess )/^ King Lake DeKalb, Gentry i^ Kneib Memorial Buchanan i^ Lake Paho Mercer i^ Little Compton Lake Carroll i^ Little Tarkio Prairie Holt i^ Logan Memorial Buchanan i^ Lotts Creek Harrison i^ Lower Hamburg Bend Atchison i^ McClure Mercer i^ McCormack Holt i^ McKinny Carroll i^ Mockingbird Hill Access Grundy i^ Monkey Mountain Holt i^ Mussel Fork Linn, Macon i^ Nishnabotna Atchison i^ Nodaway County Com- munity Lake Nodaway i^ Nodaway Valley Holt, Andrew i^ )^ Pawnee Prairie Harrison i^ Pigeon Hill Buchanan i^ Pony Express Lake Dekalb ]^ Poosey Livingston /> Price Bridge Access Chariton u^ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Punkin Center Access Livingston u^ Riverbreaks Holt u^ Rush Bottoms Holt )/^ Schifferdecker Memorial Carroll /> Seat Memorial Gentry, Worth /> Sowards Ford Access Worth /> Star School Hill Prairie Atchison u^ Sterling Price Community Lake Chariton ]^ Sunbridge Hills Buchanan ]^ Tarkio Prairie Atchison )/^ Thurnau Holt /> Van Dyke Mercer u^ Wagner Ray /> Wiese^ Chariton u^ Wolf Creek Bend Holt )/^ Worth County Community Lake Worth )/^ Worthwine Island Andrew u^ Yellow Creek Chariton /> NORTHEAST [^ 660 -785-2420 u Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Anderson Ralls, Pike u^ Arrow-Wood Shelby ]^ Atlanta — Long Branch Lake Macon /> Bee Hollow Macon, Randolph ]^ Big Creek Adair ]^ Black Hawk Access Marion )/^ Bollow Shelby /> Buck and Doe Run Clark I/' Callahan Mound Access Marion /^ Cedar Bluff Access Monroe u^ Clark Clark )/^ Dark Hollow Sullivan ]^ Deer Ridge Lewis ^ Dodd Access Macon u^ Dunn Ford Access Marion u^ Dupont Reservation Pike u^ Elmslie Memorial Marion u^ ^/Krea is accessible by boat via Grand River or witli permission from surrounding landowners. Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Ewing Lake Scotland /> Fox Valley Lake Clark i^ Frost Island Clark i^ Griffiths Memorial Macon i^ Heath Memorial Clark i^ Henry Sever Lake Knox i^ Hidden Hollow Macon i^ Hunnewell Lake Shelby i^ Indian Hills Scotland ]^ LaBelle Lake Lewis /> Locust Creek Sullivan ]^ McPike Access Marion /> Mineral Hills Putnam )^ Montgomery Woods Adair, Macon )/^ Morris Prairie Sullivan /> Mound View Access Shelby ]^ Neeper Clark u^ Pin Oak Shelby ]^ Ranacker Pike /> Ray Memorial Marion /> Rebel's Cove Putnam, Schuyler u^ Redman Macon u^ Rocky Hollow Monroe ]^ Rose Pond Clark )/^ Sears Community Lake Sullivan )^ Shanks Pike )/^ )/^ Shoemaker Adair )^ Soulard Access Marion )^ Sugar Creek Adair u^ Sunnyside School Access Lewis )/^ Sunrise Access Marion )/^ Thomas Hill Reservoir Macon )^ Tolona Access Lewis )/^ Union Ridge Adair, Putnam, Sullivan )^ Upper Mississippi- Angle, Blackbird, Black- burn, Ducher, Gilbert, Mozier, North, Pharrs and South Fritz islands Pike u^ Upper Mississippi — Bay Island Marion u^ Upper Mississippi — Cottonwood Island Lewis )^ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Upper Mississippi — Fabius, Orton, Poage, Whitney, Ziegler islands Marion /> White Oak Bend Access Knox /> Willingham Memorial Monroe u^ Woodlawn Access Monroe /> Wyaconda Crossing Lewis ^ KANSAS CITY ^ 816 -622-0900 2/ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Amarugia Highland Cass ]^ Balltown Access Vernon )/^ Baltimore Bend Lafayette u^ Big Buffalo Creek Benton, Morgan u^ Big Drywood Creek Vernon /> Birdsong St. Clair u^ Blackjack Access St. Clair )/^ Brickley Hollow Access Benton ]^ Bridger Urban Jackson )/^ Bristow Vernon ]^ Brun's Tract Pettis u^ Bryson's Hope Pettis /> Cephas Ford Access Vernon u^ Chapel View Prairie Henry /> Coo ley Lake Clay u^ )^ Dave Rock St. Clair ^ Dorsett Hill Prairie Cass ]^ Douglas Branch Vernon )/^ Edmonson Access Benton u^ Ferguson-Herold Lafayette u^ Fewel Henry /^ Flight Lake Vernon /> Four Rivers Vernon, Bates )/^ ^ Gama Grass Prairie Vernon u^ Grandfather Prairie Pettis )/^ Granny's Acres Benton u^ Grove Memorial Lafayette u^ Harmony Mission Lake Bates /> Hartwell Pettis u^ Hazel Hill Lake Johnson ]^ Hi Lonesome Prairie Benton )/^ Ionia Ridge Benton ]^ Kahrs-Boger Park Pettis ^ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 J.N. "Turkey" Kearn Memorial Units 1,2 Pettis, Johnson ]^ J.N. "Turkey" Kearn Memorial Units Pettis, Johnson )/^ W.R. Kearn Pettis ]^ Kendzora Buchanan, Platte )/^ Kings Prairie Access St. Clair ]^ Ladue Bottoms Henry /> Liberty Bend Clay ]^ Linscomb St. Clair )^ Little Bean Marsh Platte )^ u^ Lone Jack Lake Jackson )/^ Lost Valley Fish Hatchery Benton /> Maple Leaf Lake Lafayette ]^ Marshall Platte /> Montrose Henry ]^ ]^ Mora Benton /> Mount HuldaTowersite Benton )^ Old Town Access Bates )^ Osage Prairie Vernon /> Paint Brush Prairie Pettis )^ Park, Guy B. Platte u^ Parma Woods Range & Training Center — North of powerlinesonly Platte )^ Peabody Bates )^ Perry Memorial Saline, Pettis, Johnson )/^ Platte Falls Platte ]^ Poague Henry /> Ripgut Prairie Bates )^ Schell-Osage Vernon, St. Clair )/^ )/^ Settle's Ford Bates, Cass u^ u^ Sni-A-Bar Lafayette /> Taberville Prairie St. Clair ]^ Truman Reservoir — Bethlehem Henry )/^ Truman Reservoir — Brownington Henry u^ Truman Reservoir — Brush Creek Benton )/^ Truman Reservoir — Cedar Creek Henry u^ Truman Reservoir — Cross Timbers Hickory )/^ 10 Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Truman Reservoir — Deepwater Creek Henry i^ Truman Reservoir — Gallinipper Creek St. Clair i^ Truman Reservoir — Gouge Eye Henry i^ Truman Reservoir — Grand River Bottoms Henry i^ Truman Reservoir — Leesville Henry i^ Truman Reservoir — Little Pomme deTerre Benton i^ Truman Reservoir — Little Tebo Creek Benton i^ Truman Reservoir — Sac-Osage St. Clair i^ Truman Reservoir — Salt Creek St. Clair i^ Truman Reservoir — Tebo Islands Benton i^ Truman Reservoir — Upper Tebo Creek Henry i^ Truman Reservoir — Valhalia St. Clair i^ Truman Reservoir — Weaubleau Creek St. Clair i^ Urich Henry i^ Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie — north of Highway 82 St. Clair i^ CENTRAL »\ 573 -884-6861 2J Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Ben Branch Lake Osage i^ Bennitt, Rudolf Boone, Howard, Randolph i^ Blind Pony Lake Saline i^ Blue Lick Saline i^ Branch Towersite Camden i^ Bruns Access Osage i^ Burnt Mill Cave Camden i^ Canaan Gasconade i^ Carpenter Memorial Morgan i^ Clifty Creek Maries i^ Cooper Hill Osage i^ Danville Montgomery i^ Danville — Baldwin Annex Montgomery i^ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Danville— Thornhill & Schuize Annex Montgomery i^ Davisdale Howard i^ Diana Bend Howard i^ Diggs Audrain i^ Eagle Bluffs Boone i^ i^ Earthquake Hollow Callaway i^ Fiery Fork Camden i^ Franklin Island Howard i^ Gale Access Camden i^ Grand Bluffs Montgomery i^ Hart Creek Boone i^ Hite Prairie Morgan i^ Honey Creek Access Cole i^ Hungry Mother Howard i^ Lamine River Cooper, Morgan i^ Lick Creek Boone i^ Little Dixie Lake Callaway i^ Loutre Lick Access Montgomery i^ Lowe Audrain i^ Madden Ford Access Miller i^ Manito Lake Morgan, Moni- teau i^ Mansfield Camden i^ Marion Bottoms Cole, Moniteau i^ Marshall Junction Saline i^ Moniteau Creek Howard i^ Moores Mill Access Callaway i^ Northcutt Memorial Audrain i^ Painted Rock Osage i^ Pikes Camp Access Cole i^ Plowboy Bend Moniteau i^ Prairie Home Moniteau, Cooper i^ Proctor Towersite Morgan i^ Reform Callaway i^ Rinquelin Trail Community Lake Maries i^ Rocky Fork Lakes Boone i^ Rocky Mount Towersite Miller i^ Saline Valley Miller i^ Scrivner Road Cole i^ Smith Moniteau, Cole i^ Smoky Waters Osage, Cole i^ Spring Creek Gap Maries i^ 11 Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Stringtown Bridge Access Cole i^ Tate Island Callaway i^ Three Creeks Boone i^ Toronto Springs Camden i^ Tri-City Community Lake Boone i^ Vandalia Community Lake Audrain i^ Waters & Moss Memorial Boone ]^ WellsvilleLake Montgomery i^ Whetstone Creek Callaway i^ White Audrain i^ Wigwam School Access Morgan i^ Wilson Camp Access Miller i^ - ST. LOUIS k 636-441-4554 2J Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Anderson Memorial Crawford i^ August A. Busch St. Charles )/^ Blue Springs Creek Crawford i^ Bootleg Access Washington i^ Catawissa Franklin i^ Crooked Creek Crawford i^ Cuivre Island — Island portion only Lincoln, St. Charles ]^ Cuivre Island- Mainland portion Lincoln, St. Charles u^ Daniel Boone Warren ]^ Howell Island St. Charles )/^ Hughes Mountain Washington ]^ Huzza h Crawford )/^ Kessler Memorial Lincoln /> KeysvilleTowersite Crawford u^ Kingston Access Washington ]^ LaBarque Creek Jefferson ]^ Leach Memorial Lincoln ]^ u^ Little Indian Creek Franklin, Wash- ington u^ Little Lost Creek Warren u^ Logan Lincoln u^ Long Ridge Franklin u^ Meramec — All area except Wildlife Refuge ^ Franklin )/^ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Meramec — Heynes Memorial Annex Franklin ]^ Merrill Horse Access Jefferson )^ Pacific Palisades Jefferson )/^ Pea Ridge Washington u^ Prairie Slough Pike, Lincoln )/^ Red horse Access Franklin )^ Reifsnider Warren ]^ River'Round Franklin /> Sandy Island Lincoln )^ Sizemore Memorial Crawford )/^ Upper Mississippi- Dresser Island St. Charles )/^ Upper Mississippi — Pool 26 Tracts St. Charles /> Upper Mississippi — Stag, Sterling, Westport islands Lincoln )/^ Valley View Glades Jefferson )^ Victoria Glades Jefferson )^ Vonaventure Memorial Lincoln u^ Weldon Spring St. Charles ]^ White Memorial Lincoln )/^ Young Jefferson ]^ SOUTHWEST ^\ 417-895-6880 Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Barclay Dallas )^ Bear Creek Laclede )^ Bennett Spring Access Dallas /> Berry Bluff Dallas ]^ Bethel Prairie Barton /> Bluff Springs Cedar )^ Bois D'Arc ^ Greene )/^ /> Boston Ferry Taney u^ Brush Creek Polk )/^ Buffalo Hills McDonald /> Buffalo Wallow Prairie Barton ]^ Bushwhacker Lake Barton, Vernon /> Busiek Christian ]^ Capps Creek Newton )^ Charity Access Dallas )^ Clear Creek Vernon, Barton )/^ ^ Hunting is not allowed in the wildlife refuge. 12 ^ Area is closed April 28-29 for managed hunt. Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Coffin Cave Laclede u^ Compton Hollow Webster ]^ Comstock Prairie Barton /> Cowskin Access McDonald )/^ Cross Timbers Access Hickory u^ Dale Sare Greene ]^ Davis Memorial Barton /> Deep Ford Access McDonald )/^ Diamond Grove Prairie Newton /> Dorris Creek Prairie Barton ]^ Drury-Mincy Taney /> Drywood Barton )/^ Fiddlers Ford Access Dade u^ Flag Spring McDonald, Barry ]^ Fort Crowder Newton /> Goodman Towersite Newton )/^ Goose Creek Laclede /> Hayes Spring Stone ]^ Holland Stone /> HollisterTowersite Taney )/^ Horse Creek Prairie Dade /> Huckleberry Ridge McDonald ]^ Indigo Prairie Dade u^ Jessie Hollow Stone )/^ Kickapoo Prairie Lawrence u^ Lanagan Towersite McDonald ]^ Lead Mine Dallas /> Little Sac Woods Greene )/^ Mary Lawson Laclede u^ Monegaw Prairie Cedar ]^ Mo-No-I Prairie Barton /> Mon-Shon Prairie Barton u^ Mule Shoe Camden, Hickory u^ Murphy Memorial Hickory ]^ Neosho Towersite Newton /> Niangua Webster )/^ Osage Fork Laclede u^ Pa Sole Prairie Barton ]^ Paris Springs Access Lawrence /> Phenix Access Greene )/^ Pilot Knob Stone u^ Pleasant Hope Polk ]^ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Pomme deTerre Lake Management Lands Hickory, Polk ]^ Powell Towersite McDonald u^ Providence Prairie Lawrence )/^ Rader Access Webster )^ Redwing Prairie Barton )^ Risch Barton )^ Roaring River Barry ]^ Rocky Barrens Greene /> Sentinel Polk )^ Shawnee Trail Barton )/^ Sky Prairie Cedar )^ Sloane Dade )/^ Stockton Lake — Big Sac Unit Dade, Polk )^ Stockton Lake — Little Sac Unit Dade, Polk )/^ Stony Point Prairie Dade )/^ Stubblefield Access Barry )^ Talbot Lawrence )/^ Tipton Ford Access Newton )^ Treaty Line Prairie Barton ]^ Turkey Creek Cedar /> Twenty-Five Mile Prairie Polk ]^ Williams Ford Access Dallas )/^ Wire Road Stone )^ OZARK ^S^ 417-256-7161 Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Allen Memorial Wright z> Angeline Shannon ]^ Barn Hollow Howell, Texas )/^ Barnes Texas u^ Beaver Creek Phelps )/^ Birch Creek Shannon )^ Bohigian Phelps )/^ Brown Dent /> Bull Shoals Lake Ozark )^ Buzzard Bluff Access Wright ]^ Cabool Towersite Texas )^ Caney Mountain — outside fenced area Ozark u^ Caney Mountain — inside fenced area Ozark ]^ 13 Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Carter Creek Carter u^ Cedar Gap Wright u^ Cedar Grove Dent )/^ Clement Memorial Forest Dent u^ Cover Memorial Oregon /> Cover Prairie Howell /> Davidson-Paris Howell u^ Davis Howell )/^ Dixon Towersite Pulaski ]^ Eck Texas )/^ Fort Leonard Wood Towersite Pulaski u^ Fourche Creek Ripley u^ Fuson Wright )/^ Gasconade Hills Pulaski ]^ Gist Ranch Texas )/^ Grandin Towersite Ripley /> Horseshoe Bend Texas /> Houston Towersite Texas /> Hunter Towersite Carter u^ Hyer Woods Dent )/^ Indian Trail Dent ]^ Little Black Ripley )/^ Little Prairie Phelps ]^ Massengill Douglas u^ Midvale Texas /> MontaukTowersite Dent u^ Mountain View Tower- site Howell ]^ Mudpuppy Ripley ]^ Norfork Lake Ozark u^ Odin Access Wright /> Patrick Bridge Access Ozark u^ Peck Ranch Shannon, Carter )^ Piney River Narrows Texas ]^ Rippee Douglas )/^ Rocky Creek Shannon ]^ Rosati Towersite Phelps u^ Rose Hill Towersite Oregon /> Roubidoux Creek Pulaski ]^ Sand Pond Ripley )/^ Shannon Ranch Douglas u^ Short Bend Access Dent I/' Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Sunklands Shannon u^ Tecumseh Towersite Ozark ]^ Thomasville Towersite Shannon u^ Timber Knob Towersite Ozark /> Tingler Prairie Howell )/^ Twin Knobs Towersite Douglas )^ Vanderhoef Memorial Howell )/^ Vera Cruz Access Douglas u^ Warm Fork Oregon ]^ White State Forest Nursery Texas ]^ White Ranch Howell )^ White River Trace Dent )/^ Woods Memorial Phelps, Crawford )^ SOUTHEAST 4 573-290-5730 ▼ Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Amidon Memorial Bollinger u^ Apple Creek Cape Girardeau )^ Aquilla Access Stoddard )/^ Big Cane Butler u^ Bismarck St. Francois, )/^ Black Island- Stephen C. Bradford, Gayoso Bend, Desoto, Wolf Bayou units only Pemiscot ]^ ]^ Buck Mountain^ St. Francois ]^ Buford Mountain Iron, Washington /> Carmichael Butler )^ Cash Memorial Dunklin )/^ Cash Memorial — Largent Annex Dunklin ]^ Castor River Bollinger ]^ Cedar Mountain^ Iron /> Chalk Bluff Trail Access Dunklin /> Champion Springs^ Reynolds )^ Clearwater Reynolds u^ Clearwater Lake Reynolds )/^ Clubb Creek Bollinger /> Coldwater Access Wayne ]^ Coldwater Wayne /> Coon Island Butler )^ ]^ ^ This area is landlocked. You must get permission from land- owner to gain access. 14 Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Crowley's Ridge Stoddard /> Current River Shannon, Reynolds, Carter )/^ Donaldson Point New Madrid u^ Duck Creek Bollinger )^ /> Duck Creek, Greenbrier Unit Bollinger u^ )/^ Duck Creek, Dark Cypress Swamp Unit Bollinger ]^ ]^ Flatwoods Wayne /> Frisbee Cutoff Access Dunklin u^ Funk Memorial Iron /> General Watkins Scott ]^ Gipsy Towersite Bollinger )/^ Girvin New Madrid, Pemiscot )/^ Grassy Towersite Bollinger u^ Graves Mountain Wayne, Iron u^ Hammer Memorial Wayne u^ Hawn Access Bollinger )/^ Holly Ridge Stoddard ]^ Hornersville Swamp Dunklin )/^ Iron Bridge Access Wayne ]^ Ketcherside Mountain Iron, Reynolds u^ Knob Lick Towersite St. Francois u^ Lake Girardeau Cape Girardeau ^ Little Whitewater Bollinger )/^ Logan Creek Shannon, Reyn- olds )/^ Lon Sanders Canyon Wayne )/^ Magnolia Hollow Ste. Genevieve u^ Maintz Wildlife Preserve Cape Girardeau u^ Marquand Access Madison u^ Millstream Gardens Madison ]^ Oak Ridge Stoddard )/^ Old Plantation Access Cape Girardeau )^ Poplar Bluff Butler )/^ Red Rock Landing Perry /> Riverside Reynolds, Iron, Wayne )^ Sank Bollinger u^ Seven Island Mississippi ]^ Seventy-Six Perry )/^ Sun Butler u^ Sweetgum Access Bollinger /> Area Name County 1 2 3 4 Swift Ditch Access New Madrid u^ Thompson Ford Access Madison ]^ University Forest Wayne, Butler u^ Wappapello Reservoir Wayne /> Warbler Woods Dunklin )/^ Wilhelmina Butler )^ Yokum School Wayne )/^ Walk-in Hunting Areas in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service ^ Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District: • Carman Springs Area, Howell and Douglas counties; • Dabbs Creek Area and Hercules Glades Wilderness /Area, Taney County; • Devil's Backbone Wilderness Area, Ozark County; • Piney Creek Wilderness Area, Barry and Stone counties; • Shell Knob Area, Barry County; • Spring Creek Area, Douglas and Howell counties; • Steam Mill Hollow Area, Douglas, Howell and Ozark counties; • Thompson Hollow Area, Ozark County; • Swan Creek Area, Christian County. ^ Eleven Point Ranger District: • Cedar Bluff Area, Carter, Oregon and Ripley counties; • Compton Area, Ripley County; • Irish Wilderness Area, Oregon County; • Round Mountain Area, Shannon and Carter counties; • Wildhorse Hollow Area, Carter County. ^ Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District: • Smith Creek Area, Boone and Callaway counties; • Decker Cave Area, Pulaski County; • Mill Creek Area, Phelps County; • Pine Creek Area, Laclede County; • Paddy Creek Wilderness Area, Texas County. ^ Poplar Bluff Ranger District: • Cane Ridge Area, Butler and Wayne counties; • Otter Creek Area, Wayne County. ^ Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District: • Bell Mountain Wilderness Area, Iron County; • Clear Creek Area, Washington County; • Crane Lake Area, Iron County; • Peter Cave Hollow Area, Iron County; • Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness Area, Madison County. ^ Salem Ranger District: • Scotia-Marcoot Area, Dent and Reynolds counties. Maps are available from Mark Twain National Forest Headquarters, U.S. Forest Service, 401 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401, 573-364-4621, www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf. 15 Managed Spring Turkey Hunts Hunt No. Area Name County Date Quota Odds How to Apply Archery (1 hunt — longbow, recurve bow or compound bow only) 1 Caney Mountain CA^ Ozark April 16-22 30 43% Online^ Firearms (1 1 hunts — shotgun only) 2 August A. BuschCA^ St. Charles April 16-19 40 11% Online^ 3 August A. BuschCA^ St. Charles April 21-24 40 14% Online^ 4 August A. BuschCA^ St. Charles April 27-30 40 23% Online^ 5 August A. BuschCA^ St. Charles May 3-6 40 40% Online^ 6 Caney Mountain CA^ Ozark April 23-29 30 35% Online^ 7 Caney Mountain CA^ Ozark April30-May6 30 100%^ Online^ 8 Current River SP^ Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6 p.m., April 15. Shannon April 16-23 12 41% Online^ 9 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 16-19 40 20% Online^ 10 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 21-24 40 25% Online^ 11 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles April 27-30 40 34% Online^ 12 Weldon Spring CA St. Charles May 3-6 40 44% Online^ Youth-Only Firearms for Ages 11-15 (Shunts — shotgun only) Note: Hunter-education certification is required, see box on Page 17. 13 August A. BuschCA^ Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6 p.m., March 29. St. Charles March 31 -April 1 15 29% Online^ 14 Caney Mountain CA^ Ozark March 31 -April 1 10 100%^ Online^ 15 SmithvilleLakeCOE^'^ Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 9 a.m., April 7. Clay/Clinton May 5-6 10 50% 816-858-5718 16 Weldon Spring CA"^ Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6 p.m., March 29. St. Charles March 31 -April 1 15 50% Online^ 17 Current River SP4 Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 6 p.m., March 30. Shannon March 31 -April 1 12 NA Online^ Special Hunts for People with Disabilities^ (2 hunts — shotgun only) 18 Bois D'Arc CA^ Mandatory pre-hunt orientation; begins at 8:30 a.m., April 7. Greene April 28-29 12 50% 417-742-4361 19 SmithvilleLakeCOE^'^ Mandatory pre-hunt orientation begins at 9 a.m., April 7. Clay/Clinton May 5-6 10 100%^ 816-858-5718 Key CA = conservation area COE = Army Corps of Engineers SP = state park ^ Odds of being selected to participate in a managed hunt are based on the success rates for last year's drawings. ^ Managed hunt occurs in a designated area; statewide regulations apply outside of designated area. ^ Hunters permanently confined to a wheelchair may bypass the random drawing process but do not displace others in the random drawing. Permit requirements and bag limits apply. Send a request along with a supporting statement by a licensed physician to: Managed Turkey Hunts, Missouri Department of Conservation, PO Box 1 80, Jefferson City, MO 651 02-01 80. Requests must be received by Feb. 29. "^ Do not apply for this hunt if you can't attend the mandatory pre-hunt orientation. ^ Youth and people with disabilities hunt concurrently. ^ Because odds are for the previous year's hunting season, 1 00-percent odds do not guarantee that you will be drawn for a hunt this season. ^ These hunts are for people permanently confined to a wheelchair. ^ Apply online at mdc.mo.gov/hunt/turkey. 16 Valid Permits: Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit, Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit Bag Limit: 1 male turkey or turkey with visible beard. Note: A turkey taken at a managed hunt counts toward the two-bird season limit. For example, if you take a turkey during a managed hunt before April 23, you may not harvest another turkey during the first week of the regular season. Hunter Quota: See chart on Page 1 6 for the number of hunters who will be drawn to participate in each hunt. Odds: See chart on Page 1 6 for the success rate for last year's drawings. How to Apply: See chart on Page 1 6 for method of application — either online or by phone. When to Apply: Jan. 1 0-Feb. 29 Points to remember ► To participate in a youth-only managed hunt, you must be 1 1 through 1 5 years of age. ► To participate in a non-youth managed hunt, you must be at least age 1 1 . You also must be hunter-education certified or exempt. ► If you cannot attend, another hunter cannot take your place. Only those hunters who applied and were drawn may attend. ► Some managed hunts require hunters to attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation. If you cannot attend the orientation, do not apply. Youth-Only Managed Hunts The five youth-only managed hunts are for youth ages 1 1 through 15. Apply online for four of the hunts, and apply by phone for the Smithville Lake hunt. Unlike the regular hunt application, youth may apply only singly or with one other youth. Successful applicants will be notified by mail. Youths who apply for a youth-only hunt may not also apply for a "regular" managed hunt. Hunter-education certification is required for all successful youth applicants. Minimum age to enroll in a hunter-education course is 1 1. Hunter-education certification is not required to apply for these youth-only managed hunts, but must be achieved before the pre-hunt orientation, or in the case of Caney Mountain, the actual hunt. All youth hunters must have a parent/guardian/adult sponsor who will hunt with them. Department staff will attempt to find a mentor if the youth does not have one, but cannot guarantee a mentor for each youth hunter. The sponsor must attend the pre-hunt orientation if one is required. The sponsor must have hunter-education certification, unless the sponsor was born before Jan. 1,1967. Managed Turkey Hunt Application Worksheet Hunt No.: Method:- Location: . Date: Hunter Conservation I.D. number(s) (nine-digit number on your hunting or fishing permit, or on the back of your Conservation Heritage Card below the barcode): 1. 2. 3. !► If you have a hunter methods exemption, you may use a crossbow in an archery managed hunt. ^ Individuals not drawn for a managed spring turkey hunt may not accompany a hunter who was successfully drawn. p^ ATVs are prohibited on managed spring turkey hunt areas. ^ Hunters may apply for only one hunt. They may apply for that hunt individually or as a group of two or three hunters. Those applying for a youth-only hunt may apply only singly or with one other youth. To apply, complete the following steps. Step 1: Designate one member ofyour group to either place a call or go online. That person must have ready the following information: ► The two-digit number for the preferred hunt. ► The nine-digit Conservation I.D. number of each hunter in the group. If you need an I.D. number, call 573-751-4115 during regular business hours to have one assigned. Note: A Social Security number is not the same as a Conservation I.D. number. Your Conservation I.D. number is located on your Conservation Heritage Card and on your permit. Step 2: Complete the worksheet on this page before calling or going online so you will have all the information ready. Step 3: Go online at mdc.mo.gov/hunt/turkey. If you have correctly entered all the required information, you will receive a message confirming your application. Note: If you are applying for a hunt at Smithville Lake or Bois D'Arc, call the appropriate number listed on Page 16. To find out if you've been selected From March 14 through May 6, go online. Be prepared to enter your nine-digit Conservation I.D. number (the same I.D. number you used when you applied). All successful applicants will receive by mail an area map and information regarding the hunt. We must have your correct address to send the information. If your address changes, call the Department during business hours at 573-751-41 1 5. 17 Large size, black body and long beard are marks of the gobbler. Hens sometimes have beards, but color, size and behavior distinguish them from gobblers. Hens are smaller, brown birds with blue heads. Bearded hens produce young and help increase the turkey population. They should not be killed, but any turkey with a clearly visible beard is legal in Missouri. Hens without beards are illegal to shoot. HEN Breast feathers buff-tipped no spurs Breast feathers black-tipped mainly blue HEAD mainly red usually no beard BEARD long tassel-like appears rusty BREAST appears black SPURS usually 1/2 inch or more GOBBLER JUVENILE GOBBLERS have spurs less than 1/2 inch long and a beard less than 6 inches long. Basic Rules for Safe Turkey Hunting ^ identify a turkey's head and beard before aiming, ^ Never shoot at sound or movement. Assume it is another hunter until you can clearly see a turkey's head or beard. ^ Wear hunter orange when walking through the woods. ^ Use hunter orange to identify your hunting location. ^ Wrap a bagged turkey or decoy in hunter orange when transporting it. ► Dress defensively. Never wear red, white, blue or black while turkey hunting. ^ Know the effective range of your gun. ^ Be sure of your target and what lies beyond. ■ 18 Using e-Permits The Conservation Department's e-Permits System lets you buy hunting permits online, print them at home, and have them in hand immediately. You can even reprint lost or damaged permits for free. If youYe not comfortable buying online, you can still purchase permits by phone, at any MDC office or from your usual vendor. Learn more about e-Permits at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. ► E-permits were designed to be printed at home on regular paper. To prevent the paper from becoming unreadable, hunters are encouraged to keep e-Permits in a plastic sandwich bag while afield. This also will make it easier for hunters to write confirmation numbers on permits when Telechecking their turkeys. ► Turkey permits no longer include a removable transportation tag. Instead, the permit itself is the transportation tag. ► Each turkey permit has months printed along one edge and dates along another. Immediately after harvest, hunters must notch the month and day they shot their turkey, then attach the permit to the bird. The Conservation Department's e-Permits System lets you buy your permit online, print it at home, and have it in hand immediately. This gives you more time to enjoy afield. ► E-Permits are not printed on adhesive-backed material, so hunters will need to provide a way to attach them to their turkey. Hunters are encouraged to put e-Permits inside plastic sandwich bags and attach the bags to their turkeys with string, twist-ties, wire, plastic cable ties or tape. ► Traditional vendors will continue to print turkey permits on yellow permit stock, but without the adhesive transportation tag. ► Turkey hunters must still mark their guns with "Be Safe" stickers, which are available at permit vendors and Conservation Department offices. ► Turkey hunters must still check their turkeys by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest using Telecheck. We Need Your Help! Please participate in the Department's wild turkey brood survey. The Conservation Department needs volunteers to participate in its wild turkey brood survey. Using cards provided, participants record observations of hens and poults throughout the summer. The information gathered is used to gauge the annual productivity of Missouri's wild turkey population. It's easy to participate. Just send an email to email@example.com or call 573-882-9909, ext. 3291 . Don't forget to tell us your name and mailing address. We'll send you three observation cards to record your turkey sightings on for June, July and August. At the end of each month, just drop the postage-paid card in the mail, and we'll take care of the rest. 19 Using turkey hunting permits couldn't be easier. Just remember: Bag it Notch it. Tag it. Checl<it. IfcTEP 1 I BdQ it« Protect paper e-Permits in a plastic sandwich bag while afield. I STEP 3j TdQ it. Attach your notched permit to the turkey's leg. We recommend sealing the permit in a plastic sandwich bag and attaching the bag to the turkey's leg with string, twist- ties, wire or tape. You may now legally transport your turkey within Missouri. .STEP 2 1 Notch it. Immediately after bagging a turkey, notch the month and day of harvest on your permit. li*'' ,''^ .»**' I STEP 4 J Check it. Report your turkey by 1 p.m. on the day of harvest using the Telecheck instructions on Page 21 . Write the confirmation number Telecheck provides on your permit. You may now process your turkey and transport it out of state. Additional Tagging and Checking Information ^ Until checked, turkeys must have the head and plumage intact. ► Notching voids the permit. Do not notch the month and day on your permit until you harvest a turkey. ^ All turkeys must be checked before they are removed from Missouri. ^ Only the person who harvested the turkey may possess and transport the turkey before checking. ► After checking, turkeys may be possessed and transported by anyone, but must be labeled with the taker's full name, address and Telecheck confirmation number. 20 All turkeys must be checked by telephone or on the Internet. No in-person checking stations will be available. If using a cellphone, be sure you have a clear signal. If the signal is spotty, move closer to a major highway, go to higher ground, or wait until you get to a land-based line to call. Avoid calling in areas with loud background noise. You do not need to call Telecheck immediately after taking the turkey. You can transport unchecked turkeys within the state as long as the permit is voided and attached to the turkey's leg. You have until 1 p.m. on the day of harvest to check your turkey. To use the easy-to-use electronic checking system, follow the steps below. Step 1: Before calling the toll-free number or going online, find yourTelecheck ID number on your permit. If you have more than one permit, be sure you give the number of the permit you want to use. Also get a pencil or pen so you will be able to write your Telecheck confirmation number on your permit. Step 2: Fill out the orange form to the right, which contains the same information you will be asked when you use Telecheck. Step 3: Use a phone to dial the toll-free number below, then follow the instructions in the phone interview. Speak clearly and slowly. You can call between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. To check a turkey, call 1-800-314-6828. Or go to: mdc.mo.gov Step 4: After you have provided the required information, you will be given an eight-digit confirmation number that verifies you have legally checked your turkey. Write this number on your permit. You have now completed Telecheck and can process your turkey. Attention Cellphone Users The most common reason hunters are unable to complete their Telecheck transaction is because of a poor cellular telephone connection. Signals that are weak, fade in and out, or clip speech will not work with the system. Once you've voided and attached your permit to your turkey, you have until 1 p.m. on the day of harvest to check the animal. Wait until you are out of the woods and receive a clear, strong cellphone connection before placing yourTelecheck call. How to Measure Spurs Spur length measurements help biologists keep track of the age structure of the adult turkey population. Please accurately measure your turkey's spur before checking it. This will ensure biologists place your turkey in the correct age class. A difference in spur length of less than 1/8 of an inch can be important, so please take an accurate measurement. If you don't have a ruler, use the signature line of your permit, which is 2 inches long with a 1-inch mark in the middle. Start at the outside center from the point where the spur protrudes from the leg scales, and measure to the tip of the spur. ^YourTelecheck ID number: ► Turkey type: n Gobbler n Juvenile gobbler (see Page 1 8 for how to identify a juvenile) n Bearded hen (see Page 18 for details on sexing a turkey) ► Spur length (gobblers only) The signature line on your permit is 2 inches long (1-inch mark in the middle). Use it to measure the spur. See above for details. n less than 1 inch n 1 inch or more ► Beard length Your permit is 6 inches long and should be used to measure the beard. n less than 6 inches n 6 inches or more ► County of harvest 21 Wildlife Code of Missouri — ^Turkey Hunting Regulations 3 CSR 10-7.455 Turkeys: Seasons, Methods, Limits (1 ) Turkeys may be pursued, taken, killed, possessed or transported only as permitted in this rule. (A) Spring Season. Spring season annually will begin on the third Monday in April. A person possessing the prescribed turkey hunting permit may take turkeys according to the season length and bag limit established annually by the Conservation Commission. Turkeys may betaken only by shotgun with shot no larger than No. 4, or bow, without the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls or live decoys, from one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). Possession of electronic calls or shotshells loaded with shot larger than No. 4 is prohibited while hunting turkeys. (B) Fall Firearms Season. Fall season annually will be October 1 through October 31 . A person possessing the prescribed turkey hunting permit may take two (2) turkeys of either sex during the season. Turkeys may be taken only by shotgun with shot no larger than No. 4 or bow; without the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls or live decoys; from one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to sunset in all counties except: Dunklin, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Pemiscot, and Scott. Possession of electronic calls, or shotshells loaded with shot larger than No. 4 is prohibited while hunting turkeys. A person, while in the act of pursuing or hunting turkey on a fall firearms permit, shall not have both a firearm and bow on his/her person with the following exceptions: 1. Any person who has been issued a concealed carry endorsement on a driver's license or non-driver's license and such endorsement or license has not been suspended, revoked, canceled, or denied may carry concealed firearms on or about his/her person while hunting. 2. Any qualified law enforcement officer or qualified retired law enforcement officer as defined in the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (1 8 USC 926B or 1 8 USC 926C) may carry concealed firearms on or about his/her person while hunting. (Firearms possessed under these exceptions may not be used to tal<e wildlife while hunting with a bow. Proof of this exception must be carried while hunting.) (C) Fall Archery Season. A person possessing the prescribed archer's hunting permit may take two (2) turkeys of either sex from September 1 5 through January 1 5, excluding the dates of the November portion of the firearms deer season. Turkeys may be taken only by bows and atlatl; without the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, or live decoys; from one- half (1/2) hour before sunrise to one-half (1/2) hour after sunset. Possession of electronic calls is prohibited while hunting turkeys. An archer, while in the act of pursuing or hunting turkey on an archer's permit, shall not have a firearm on his/her person with the following exceptions: 1. Any person who has been issued a concealed carry endorsement on a driver's license or non-driver's license and such endorsement or license has not been suspended, revoked, canceled, or denied may carry concealed firearms on or about his/her person while hunting. 2. Any qualified law enforcement officer or qualified retired law enforcement officer as defined in the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (1 8 USC 926B or 1 8 USC 926C) may carry concealed firearms on or about his/her person while hunting. (Firearms possessed under these exceptions may not be used to tal<e wildlife while hunting with a bow. Proof of this exception must be carried while hunting.) (D) Youth Spring Season. The two (2)-day youth spring season will begin annually on the Saturday nine (9) days i-iunting Safety is No Accident If you are involved in a firearms-related hunting incident, the law requires that you identify yourself and render assistance to the victim. Failure to do so is a Class A misde- meanor. There were four nonfatal and one fatal firearms-related hunting incidents during the 201 1 spring turkey season. As you will see, simple carelessness and failure to positively identify game can result in injury or death. Don't make the same mistakes these hunters made. April 9 — A 15-year-old boy, his 1 1 -year-old sister and their adult mentor were sitting along a logging trail. When a turkey approached, the adult told the boy to shoot. He wounded the turkey, which began to run away. As the boy stood up to take another shot, the adult said, "shoot it again." Both children fired, and the girl's shot struck her brother in the right arm. April 1 — A father and son were walking through a small clearing when the father saw what he thought was a turkey. Both hunters lay down on the ground, and the father told his son to shoot. The shot struck another father and son who were also hunting turkeys. April 23 — A man watched another hunter walk across an open field toward where he was hunting. To alert the 22 prior to the Monday opening of the spring season, except that when the youth season would overlap with Easter weekend the season will open on the Saturday prior to Easter weekend. Any person possessing the prescribed turkey hunting permit and who is at least six (6) but not older than fifteen (1 5) years of age on the opening day of the youth spring season may take only one (1) male turkey or turkey with visible beard during the youth spring season. A turkey harvested during the youth spring season will count towards an individual's spring season bag limit- individuals hunting under the prescribed turkey hunting permit may not harvest a second bird during the first week of the spring season. Turkeys may be taken only by shotgun with shot no larger than No. 4, or bow, without the use of dogs, bait, electronic calls, or live decoys, from one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise to sunset. Possession of electronic calls or shotshells loaded with shot larger than No. 4 is prohibited while hunting turkeys. (2) Hunters who take a turkey shall void their permit immediately by notching the month and date of harvest. The voided permit shall be attached to the turkey. Turkeys may be possessed and transported only by the taker until reported through theTelecheck Harvest Reporting System. All turkeys taken shall be accurately reported through theTelecheck Harvest Reporting System by 1 0:00 p.m. on the day taken by the taker or in the taker's immediate presence. The Telecheck confirmation number shall be recorded immediately on the turkey hunting permit as indicated on the permit. The head and plumage ofthe turkey shall remain intact until the turkey is reported through theTelecheck Harvest Reporting System. All turkeys shall be reported through theTelecheck Harvest Reporting System prior to processing or being removed from the state. (3) Bait shall mean grain or other feed placed or scattered so as to constitute an attraction or enticement to turkeys. An area shall be considered baited for ten (1 0) days following complete removal ofthe bait. (4) Each permit holder hunting with a shotgun shall first affix an approved safety sticker to the receiver of his/her gun where it will be in his/her line of sight when shooting, and maintain the sticker on the gun when hunting. (5) A resident landowner or lessee as defined in 3 CSR 10-20.805, possessing a landowner turkey hunting permit, may take and possess turkeys in accordance with this rule on his/her land or, in the case ofthe lessee, on the land on which s/he resides and shall report the turkeys through the Telecheck Harvest Reporting System as required in this rule. (6) Any person who kills or injures any wild turkey shall make a reasonable effort to retrieve the turkey and include it in his/ her season limit. (7) Turkeys (or parts thereof ) reported in accordance with established procedures, when labeled with the full name, address, and confirmation number of the taker, may be possessed, transported, given away, and stored by anyone. (8) In accordance with section 270.400, RSMo feral hogs (any hog, including Russian and European wild boar, that is not conspicuously identified by ear tags or other forms of identification and is roaming freely upon public or private lands without the landowner's permission) may be taken in any number during the spring firearms turkey season and youth spring season only by the holder of a valid, unused turkey hunting permit; and only by methods and times prescribed for taking turkeys. During the fall firearms turkey season, feral hogs may be taken only by the holder of a valid, unused turkey hunting permit or a small game hunting permit; and only by methods prescribed in Chapter 7 for taking wildlife, and without the use of bait. Other restrictions may apply on public lands. Resident landowners or lessees as defined in this Code may take feral hogs on their own property at any time, by any method and without permit. approaching hunter, the man stood up, removed his mask and gloves, and moved from behind the tree where he was sitting. At this time the approaching hunter fired, shooting the man in the body. The victim fired two shots in the air and yelled, but the shooter ran away. April 23 — A hunter was gathering his gear after finishing tur- key hunting. His gun was propped muzzle-up against a tree. When he reached for his gun, vegetation or a piece of equip- ment apparently snagged the trigger ofthe gun, causing it to fire. The shot struck the victim's head at point-blank range, killing him. May 4 — A hunter and his companion were calling in a turkey. The hunter heard what he thought was the gobbler clucking. When he saw what he thought was the red head of a strut- ting turkey, he shot, striking another hunter. The victim had walked down a logging trail, calling as he went, in an effort to ambush the same turkey the shooter had been working. 23 Ever have a lost or forgotten permit spoil your hunting plans? Not anymore. The Conservation Department's e-Permits System lets you buy online, print your permit at home, and have it in hand immediately. You can even reprint the permit if you lose or damage it. 9 Find out how to use and enjoy e-Permits at mdC.mO.gOV/eperiTlitS Then head to your favorite hunting spot! ) MISSOURI Not comfortable with online purchases? You can still buy your fishing, hunting and trapping permits by phone, at any MDC office or from your usual vendor.